Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies in the Posse for a Thursday extravaganza. YaY! I hope you are all happy and well, sorry if you are not but shit days pass, hopefully this review will give you a smile because I have found a new niche crew and I am in love! Really different, directional, deep fragrances that make me question how so much pap even gets to market shelves when there is genius out there waiting to be discovered. I offer you today,
Jeke by Slumberhouse 2008
Sometimes I am caught utterly unawares by the great stuff that is still being created in the world and Jeke by Slumberhouse is a winner. The Slumberhouse crew describe themselves thus;
Slumberhouse is a boutique cologne label in the heart of Portland, OR; created and inspired by urban and street culture, art, film and music – especially the new school of hiphop and graffiti artists. We are a group of young gents who march to our own beat, embracing an absolute disregard for other brands, trends and marketing cliches. Slumberhouse represents an unequivocal love for the art of fragrance making.
Recently on AustralianPerfumeJunkies we reviewed Pear + Olive by Slumberhouse and Josh from Slumberhouse hunted me down and here is an extract from his eMail:
Also, I came across your review via twitter and can’t tell you how much I appreciate reading your sentiments on the fragrance. Your words are the kind of thing I thrive on and I find instances like this to be very meaningful so thank you very much.
WOW!!! I felt like a rock star had eMailed me because the juices Slumberhouse are purveying are world domination stuff.
Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Cade, tobacco, patchouli, benzoin, labdanum.
So learning new things every day, Cade Oil is extracted from a European/Middle eastern native Juniper that has been used in natural medicine forever! Who knew? That explains the fresh, brisk and slightly reminiscent of medicine/booze opening that really gets your attention and tells you to buckle up because this ride we are about to embark on is going to be a Roller Coaster! After the initial blast my skin begins to warm the benzoin resin and the labdanum giving a creamy sweet vanilla and slight sea water undercurrent to the woody, green, herbaceous main theme of Jeke by Slumberhouse. There are times when the tobacco goes really smokey and smells like the first whiff of someone lighting a cigarette nearby. YUMMM. I find Jeke by Slumberhouse to be reminiscent of camping, there’s even a correlation to our eucalyptus forests, all earthy, humus rich, smokey, sharp freshness. After reading the SmellyThoughts review I can’t get cloves out of my head, there is a very spicy citrus note I’m presuming comes from the cade that reminds me of that lovely burst of ZING that cloves can give, and it weaves through the fragrance for hours. The dry down is sweet spicy amber. The note list is so short but the story is HUGE. I recommend you try at least a sample because Jeke has blown my mind.
This is take no prisoners perfume, not suitable for close office work but cool if you have your own office or work outdoors, if wearing to dinner give Jeke an hour to settle before you eat or it may interfere with your palette. Excellent sillage and a decent scent bubble the lasting power is also wonderful and you will be still enjoying the story 7-9 hours later depending on variables.
SmellyThoughts reviews a bunch of the Slumberhouse range without a note list, great reading.
I hope you have enjoyed meeting Jeke by Slumberhouse as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you. If you’ve enjoyed this you may like to trip across and see what madness is going on over at AustralianPerfumeJunkies too.
Have you met the Slumberhouse range yet? Do you know what Josh looks like? Do you love fresh green mentholated fragrances? Is there another I should try? Please join the conversation in the comments below, we love to chat and banter.
Till next week, Love, Love, Love,